Music in children improves hearing

Music is essential in the development of children. Movement, rhythm, hearing and, in case all these advantages were few, an investigation has reached the conclusion that practicing music during childhood leads to better levels of hearing when it comes to old age.

The research, published in January of this year in the Journal of Neuroscience, has observed how elders who had an important contact with music (played instruments, for example) during their childhood, are 20 percent faster at the time of identify speech sounds, a benefit that had previously been observed in adults who had also had a childhood very related to music.


During the study, older people were asked to identify speech sounds and observed how the brain behavior of those who had had a musical formation it was between two and three times faster than among those who had not been in contact with music. Thus, it was detected that the brains of "old" musicians offered a much more detailed, clear and precise representation of the voice signal.

In this way, it is demonstrated that the musical training when you are a child can prevent the loss of auditory and linguistic skills in old age. In fact, the ability to understand speech is one of the cognitive functions that diminish with age, so knowing that you can avoid losing it through music is good news.


Benefits of music in childhood

Begin to study music before age 14 and continue with their practice for a decade or more is, according to the report, essential for strengthen the key areas of the brain who are responsible for the recognition of the voice. Thus, in the study, strong evidence was found that the benefits of music they are maintained even in older brains.

The musical activities they are "an attractive way to train the brain", explains the study, while adding the importance of the discovery: strong evidence that Musical education not only benefits in adulthood, but also in old age.

These latest findings add to the benefits of music in children. And it is that the musical practice not only helps the development of the brain, but also counteracts the deterioration proper of the age. In short, if you are considering extracurricular activities for your little one or you observe that your son shows interest in music, seize it. It will not only benefit you as a child, but also when it's your turn to be a grandparent.


Angela R. Bonachera

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